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BRAZIL

Man interrupts his own wake

A 41-year-old car washer shocked his family when he interrupted a funeral being held for him at his mother’s home in the town of Alagoinhas in the northeast, police said on Tuesday. Police inspector Roberto Lima said by telephone that on Sunday Jose Marcos Araujo identified a body at the city morgue as being that of his brother, Gilberto. Lima said that Jose Marcos took the body to his mother’s home, where a wake was held. “The confusion started when news started circulating that a car washer had been shot dead,” Jose Marcos’ wife, Ana Paula, told the UOL Internet news portal. “Police called my husband and told him that his brother had been killed and his body was at the morgue,” she said. Lima said the confusion was “understandable.” “The two men closely resembled each other and both worked as car washers,” Lima said, adding that the man whose body was in the morgue was named Genivaldo Santos Gama. He said further information on Gama was not immediately available. A few hours before the Monday burial “a friend of Gilberto’s saw him walking down the street and told him that his family was mourning him,” he said. “So he went to his mother’s home to let everyone know he was very much alive.” When Araujo showed up at his wake “some people fainted and others were so scared they ran away. It was a big shock,” family friend Maria Menezes told the G1 online news site.

CUBA

Red beard raises eyebrows

Accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has been tinting his beard red by rubbing it with fruit juice and crushed berries from his breakfast, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday. Mohammed first showed up for his April arraignment hearing with his long, scraggly beard tinted a rusty red, and it remained dyed the same hue when he returned last week to the courtroom at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba. That sparked a flurry of questions, since the rule book for the detention operation known as Joint Task Force Guantanamo, or JTF-GTMO, specifically prohibits prisoners from receiving hair dye because it can contain chemicals such as ammonia that could be used as a weapon. Journalists asked whether someone had been smuggling contraband henna to Mohammed, who is held at a top-security camp whose very location on the Guantanamo base is kept secret. A Pentagon spokesman, Army Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale, revealed the answer on Tuesday. “I can confirm that Mr Mohammed did not avail himself of any outside-the-JTF means to dye his beard, but did craft his own natural means by which to do it,” Breasseale said, explaining the inmate used fruit juice and berries from breakfast. He said he did not know Mohammed’s reasoning.

UNITED STATES

Student sex game disbanded

Male teenage athletes at a San Francisco-area school formed what they called a “Fantasy Slut League,” awarding points for sex with female students. Piedmont High School principal Rich Kitchens says the so-called league, which had existed for up to six years, has been disbanded. School officials learned of what the athletes were doing after a date-rape awareness assembly this month. The number of students involved is being withheld. The San Francisco Chronicle says Kitchens sent a letter to parents on Friday saying officials learned that athletes earned “points for documented engagement in sexual activities” with girls who often were not aware of the game. The school is not planning to discipline the students involved.

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